Denis Handschin / Michel Winterberg, Um die Ecke, 2012, still

Denis Handschin / Michel Winterberg, Um die Ecke

Year: 2012
Type: Mixed Media Installation
Media Format: Black box, full HD projector, Intel Quad Core 3GHz, display card, 1024GB VRAM. Mac OSX10.6.8/7.x., 2 loudspeakers and Internet connection. Max MSP 6.0 program, Java Runtime Environment 6.0, Quicktime, possibly a mirror
Dimension: Minimum space requirements: 3 x 2.5 x 2.5 m
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Edition: Unique copy
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Acquisition: Donation Christoph Merian Stiftung, Basel, 2013. Inv. No. S0012.
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Artist Website: http://www.michelwinterberg.ch

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Denis Handschin / Michel Winterberg, Um die Ecke, 2012, still
Denis Handschin / Michel Winterberg, Um die Ecke, 2012, still
Denis Handschin / Michel Winterberg, Um die Ecke, 2012, still
Denis Handschin / Michel Winterberg, Um die Ecke, 2012, installation view at HeK, Photo: Stefan Holenstein
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With their installation Um die Ecke (Around the Corner), the Swiss artists Denis Handschin and Michel Winterberg have created a multiperspective portrait of Basel’s Dreispitz area. Film footage of the site is projected onto an assemblage of four prism-like triangular surfaces, while its acoustic and electronic characteristics are also provided, along with information relating to Basel’s archaeological soil research. Meteorological data and webcam images from the Internet also find their way into the quick and never simultaneously comprehensible cutting sequences of the heterogeneous film material. Because of the multi-layered surveying and research work behind the different influences on the Dreispitz area, the site cannot be experienced as an accessible place let alone a place one can ever access again. Instead, the artists have created an urban portrait that presents the site as the interplay between a multiplicity of specific visual and acoustic qualities. These qualities can, in turn, be reiterated continually in the surrounding of the prismatic projection quadrangle.
(Text: Bettina Back)

Artist Bio

Michel Winterberg (* 1972), Basel, Switzerland
Denis Handschin (* 1981), Visp, Switzerland, both artists live and work in Basel.

Michel Winterberg and Denis Handschin alternate between working together and alone. Their artistic efforts include interactive installations and mixed-media, video and sound installations, as well as performance and conceptual projects. As a media artist, Michel Winterberg also programs real-time development environments, making use of physical computing and producing electronic sound designs. Denis Handschin addresses such issues as absence/presence and the impact of today’s constant overstimulation.